I am the person behind the Hearing Voices Network of South Australia, self funded with kind support from the international HV community. I am passionate about the Hearing Voices Movement approach. I first encountered it when supporting a distressed friend who was hearing voices to attend a local group at Mifsa (Mental Illness Fellowship South Australia). Unexpectedly, the group was such a supportive environment with an amazing approach that I stayed on and over time became a co-facilitator. This was fortunate for me as I went on to experience psychosis myself, luckily with a lot of resources and support at my finger tips!
I also write a personal blog in which I share openly about my life, including my experiences of voice hearing and psychosis. To explore those posts, try:
As I’ve learned more about the HVM approaches and ideas, and began to apply them more broadly to other experiences of distress. I studied what worked about the hearing voices groups and used those values to found groups for people struggling with experiences of dissociation, multiplicity, food and/or body image problems, and young same-sex attracted women. Principles of embracing diversity, respectful conversation, freedom to understand your life and to define and pursue your own recovery, and a non-clinical language (ie talking about experiences rather than symptoms) have proved to be highly effective and broadly applicable.
I have delivered talks about hearing voices, the HVM approach, and a non-clinical understanding of dissociation and multiplicity here in SA and interstate at conferences such as TheMHS, the Voices Vic conference, and the International Hearing Voices Congress. I am deeply grateful to the many courageous and inspiring people in the HVM, and the frameworks that have encouraged me to understand my experiences in a different light and manage them without fear, shame, or stigma.
I have attained a Cert 4 in Mental Health Peer Work, founded the Hearing Voices Network of SA, facilitated many groups face to face and online, written and delivered talks nationally, and written hundreds of articles about mental health, trauma recovery, queer lives, and social justice. I am also an artist, poet, and writer living with a disability and part time running my own business. I offer face painting and other art for parties and events, exhibiting and selling fine art, and run workshops, as well as my mental health talks to help fund my community resources like this network.